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looked inside of the vehicle. >> reporter: we talked with the owner of the lot over the phone. he says that the car was not his or his tenant's. he adds, he's also very unhappy, and disturbed that the discovery was made on his property. reporting in northeast, ko im, wusa 9. just a couple of hours ago, wal-mart has announced it may cancel plans to build three of six stores it had been planning to build in d.c. the regional manager for wal-mart says they will no longer pursue the stores in sky land -- if d.c.'s new living wage bill isn't vetoed by mayor vince gray. he says the bill passed last month by the council is arbitrary and discriminatory and wal-mart says it may jeopardize the three stores under construction as well. one d.c. council member responded to the threat. she says she is pissed off, her words. she is with me now to talk
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about this. council member, thanks for coming in. >> thank you. >> we know you were really angry about this. who were you angry at, wal- mart, the council, the mayor? >> i'm really mad at some of the advocates and colleagues on the council. the legislation wasn't well thought. excuse my french but yes, i did say that. that's how angry i was. >> i can understand it. the bill says they'll pay $12.50 an hour. the minimum wage in d.c. is about $4 less than that. it singles out the big stores. however, wal-mart apparently promised to pay $13 an hour at some community meetings so what are they so mad about? >> people just didn't understand. we're trying to regulate in areas i think we should be hands off. now we're going to compromise possibly 600 jobs, at least in my ward alone. we're going to compromise retail. >> if they were going to pay $13 an hour anyway, what difference does it make? >> this bill was really focused
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on wal-mart, which i agree with the mayor and his words, it was discriminatory. >> reporter: should the mayor veto the bill and have you asked him to? >> i have not asked him to. >> why not? >> because i think the council did this and i think we need to fix it. that's our responsibility. so i'm going to ask my colleagues to be responsible tomorrow. >> all right. so the vote comes tomorrow. what do you want the council to do? >> i want the council to rethink this. it's definitely going to come off the agenda tomorrow, and i think we need to be fair to every part of this city. it doesn't apply to any other retailer, other than wal-mart, and it's just not fair. >> have you talked to the wal- mart folks about what changes would have to be made in this bill that would make it more acceptable? >> they don't want this legislation to pass. and they're really hard on that. >> what about the fact that wal- mart is a huge concern that makes a whole lot of money, paying a few hundred people a little bit of extra, would that really hurt them? wouldn't it really mean a lot to these people's bottom line?
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>> i don't think it's a question of whether it would hurt them or not. i think it's a question of being fair. if it doesn't apply to any other business in this city, we shouldn't target wal-mart. >> if it applied to every other business in town, would you be more in favor of it? >> it would be fair. but i don't think we should be in that business so i can't answer that at this time. >> so from your perspective it's all about the fact you shouldn't be mandating a wage. >> you shouldn't mandate a wage, and you should let businesses at least do what they're going to do first. give them a chance to get here and give ward 7 a chance to get more quality retail. >> all right. council member from ward 7, thanks for your time. we'll see how it turns out tomorrow. >> thank you. we'll see. virginia could become the next big battleground for same- sex marriage in the wake of last month's supreme court decision which dealt a major blow to the federal defense of marriage act. the aclu is going to court against the state's ban on gay large. peggy fox talks to people on both sides. >> reporter: as a virginia
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resident, she doesn't have the same rights as other metro people. shh she and her partner, an ipis copal priest, have been a couple -- episcopal priest have been a couple 15 years. their union is not recognized by the state. she's hoping that will change if the aclu wins its lawsuit against virginia's gay marriage ban. >> the doma decision was not complete and it's still -- our marriages aren't recognized here in virginia, so we need to keep fighting. >> reporter: the aclu helped the couple sue when it tried to stop them from adopting their second son. >> the office that approved those placements under the governor said no, because they assume we violated that law that people like us could not adopt. and so we ended up suing virginia. >> reporter: virginia's one of 31 states with a constitutional amendment that bans the legal recollect anything's of staple sex -- recognition of same sex unions. opinions appear to be changing.
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recent polls show a majority of virginians are okay with same- sex marriage. >> polls are showing that people can be intimidated into not wanting to be called bigots by the like of the supreme court. >> reporter: delegate bob marshal was the sponsor of the gay marriage ban legislation. >> marriage cannot change. it was set at the creation. >> reporter: state senator, the only gay openly gay legislature. >> the quicker we do away with this amendment, the better. >> reporter: the aclu is also filing similar lawsuits in pennsylvania and north carolina. in manassas, peggy fox, wusa 9. >> now the aclu successfully fought virginia's ban on interracial marriage when the supreme court struck that down back in 1967. and the lawsuit from the aclu coincidentally was filed the same day the dream graduation incorporated, a same sex wedding. the dream graduation is an event to celebrate undocumented
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immigrants fight to stay in this country. today it featured a union between a u.s. citizen and her illegal immigrant girlfriend. and they say the recent ruling is helping them stay together. >> she stayed up nights crying about the fact that i might get deported from the country. she wants to keep our family together. this is, you know, a big part of why we're doing this. >> the couple says the marriage is out of love and not just a way to stay in this country. investigators spent a third day combing through the wreckage of asiana flight 214. two of the pilots were questioned who flew the plane. investigators are trying tofigure out why the plane was flying 40 miles per hour slower than it should have been when it was coming in on the runway. they're also trying to figure out if one of the two passengers who died survived the crash and was accidentally run over by rescue vehicles. >> not conclusive by reviewing the video. we may need to get a little bit better definition, other video sources to get different
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angles. really when it comes to the cause of death, we're going to did he ever to the coroner's office -- defer to the coroner's office. >> one of the father's rejected the apology. the george zimmerman murder trial swung into the defense's favor today when a forensic evidence sided with zimmerman's story. he says the gunpowder burden of proofs indicated trayvon martin was over zimmerman when he pulled the trigger. that was what zimmerman told the police right after the incident which killed the 17- year-old boy. >> the clothing was 2 to 4 inches away. it's consistent with somebody leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> prosecutors did get the pathologist to admit that this is not necessarily mean martin was the one who attacked zimmerman or vice versa. an app titled after trayvon martin has been pulled from the google play store after it
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received a major backlash. angry trayvon was a game where a hooded character wielding a weapon would complete his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities every day. a facebook post says it was not a racist game. they agreed to remove it and apologized for any inconvenience. supporters of the ousted president of egypt protested in cairo rod. that was where more than 50 protesters were killed yesterday. the white house is condemning the violence but not quite ready to label what's happening in escript acoup. calling it that would jeopardize the billion dollars we send their way in aid. you may be tired of rain, but with the way this week is going it may be a blessing, right? >> if we time it right, it may be a blessing. we may finish the week strong.
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right now it's very nice. it's humid. a couple of thunderstorms popped up in the last hour on radar. this one in southern maryland, we'll zoom in a little bit. it's a pretty strong storm. certainly some heavy rain around readville and the other storm north of it exited st. mary's county. nothing severe but big time rain. 85 downtown. 84 in manassas. that's not bad in the scheme of things. 86 in leesburg. it's just humid outside. for tonight, early showers, maybe a thunderstorm. then just muggy with patchy fog late, although 68 to about 74. we will come back. we will talk about the possibility of a yellow alert tomorrow. we'll tell you where tropical storm chantelle is headed. we told you about the graphic story of a heroin addict trying to stay clean. tonight an update. first, a woman who did not want to break up with her husband, so she took another approach, and it got her arrested. ♪
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caught on camera. a michigan woman who had to plead guilty to hiring a hit man to bump off her husband. now, the hit man actually was an undercover cop who recorded the whole thing. the thing was all set up after a coworker contacted police saying 21-year-old julia told him she wanted her husband axed. >> she wanted it to look like a break-in? somebody breaking in? >> we were talking about that, too. i might be able to get him outside. i have a girlfriend who wants to move in with me and i don't want her to be scared to move in with me if she thinks we got broken into and then jake got, you know. i'm kind of afraid of that because i want her to move in with me because i don't want to live by myself afterwards. >> you don't want it done in the house then? >> because it would be messy in the house.
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>> yeah. cold hearted. well, they did decide on a break-in as the cover-up. she showed an officer in fact the layout of the house, even had a picture of her husband and agreed to pay him $50,000 to get the job done. as you might imagine, she was arrested a little while later and faces a minimum of six years in prison when she's sentenced later this month. only on 9, an update on a young man we introduced to you last month. his name is ryan, he's homeless and is a 21-year-old heroin addict. as of this afternoon he's finally in detox, two weeks after we showed you his rapidly deteriorating situation. through social media calls, e- mails, we've been overwhelmed with your support for him. we are really grateful for it and so is he. it's unclear how long the detox lasts but at least it's a start. he says he's getting the help he needs and is the first step on what will be a difficult road to recovery. thank you to you our viewers
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just caring about another human being. we really appreciate it. today was a green alert. tomorrow, well, that could be another story. topper's forecast ju
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now, game on with dave owens, live from the wusa 9 cadillac sports desk. >> well, if you don't know much about the washington castles, don't worry, you're not alone. in a city where folks bleed burr gappedy and gold, wizards
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-- burgundy and gold, the castles don't get a lot of publicity until now. this sliver of slow time until training camp and it's typically the time i tell you they're the best team you might not know about here. tonight the tennis outfit goes for win number 34 in a row, a two year winning streak in a sport where you need multiple players to be playing well every night to win. this is quite a fete. still not impressed? okay. how about this then. there has never been a world tennis team invited to the white house. president obama changing that today as the castles paying a visit, world team tennis has been around 38 years. never recognized by the oval office until today. congratulations. and if you're going outside to play world team tennis today, maybe you'll get it in? >> i think so. >> maybe you wouldn't. >> you would get it in. you need to stay hydrated but no worries about that.
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we are talking a couple of storms into southern maryland. we'll show you that in a second. right now we're going to show you chantal, a strong tropical storm. winds are 64 miles per hour. she is moving to the west/northwest at a pretty good clip, 26 miles an hour. it is to the west of the islands here and headed toward the dominican republic and also haiti. here is the official track from the national hurricane center. it goes close to the dominican republic coast and this will be wednesday about 1:00 p.m. it goes across haiti. it will encounter mountains which will weaken the storm and slow its forward speed which are good things. it goes back and furnishes to the north. goes on the east side of nassau. still a tropical storm. this is 8:00 in the morning on friday. then generally kind of meanders off the east coast of florida friday night and into saturday night. it's off pretty much off of ft.
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pierce and generally off the kennedy space center. some models actually take itinto the coastline of georgia or south carolina as a tropical depression. we'll keep you posted. go to the app store, download our weather app and track it along with us. our live michael & son weather cam outside. it's beautiful right now in terms of sunshine. earlier today same deal, clouds, sun, a couple of showers. also showers went through about 2:00 and about 4:00 this afternoon. but right now, last three hours, lots and lots of sun. actually a pretty good evening. temperaturewise 85. the humidity is way up there, 65%. the dew point is 72, never comfortable when the dew point's in the 70s. here's a look at the radar. a couple of showers, again a pop-up in west virginia. these were monsters, they came out of nowhere in the last three hours and really hammered southern st. mary's county and also reedville getting heavy rains and probably hail just offshore there. i hope boaters are taking that
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one seriously. temperatures, 84 in old town. 87 in college park. 84 for our friends in waldorf. 83 in fairfax. another muggy night. storms wednesday and thursday. cold front thursday night, less humid on friday. we break our streak on friday. we'll keep tomorrow and thursday as green alert days. we reserve the right to make them yellow. we will not change friday. friday will be beautiful. sunshine, low humidity, 85. next seven days, saturday and sunday, that front we think will be far enough south, so we cleaned it up a little bit. we took out our isolated showers or storms. it will be warm but not be humid. on monday and tuesday next week, temperatures still south of 90, which is just an isolated shower. >> finally. >> finally. >> be back in a minute. ♪
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150 inmates sterilized under questionable authority two years back in prisons. one says this is reminiscent of the nazis. here we are trying to illuminate the worst and only allow those who are suitable to breed. what right do we have, any of us, to choose who should be sterilized just because they're in a vulnerable position and street transgressed the laws of our country. what happens to women who serve the sentenced, then are rehabilitated and released and can't have children ever again. all good questions. the answers are less than convincing. thanks for writing. we had this reaction to the story on the brand-new lights on the washington monument. don not feeling the love. we spend all that money for lights on a monument. that money could be used to fire equipment and emergency vehicles. what's more important, lights on stone or lights on a response vehicle? do the math. actually, don, the lights were a gift from a philanthropist. he kicked in $7 1/2 million to pick up the tab so sit back, enjoy. don't do any math.
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finally this from our good friend robert in herndon who's a bit concerned by what he calls the proliferation of jails. where do they have the authority to detain people on a stopped train? why do people comply? every week there seems to be a story about inspect customers sequestered in a building by a government. if they can confine people without due process everyone would be up in arms. really? due process? it's a train delay, not a jail term. your sentence is to mcginty's address. the address is mailbag@wusa9.com. that is our report. i'll be right back here at 11:00 along with leslie and topper shutt. log on any time you like to wusa9.com. we'll see you a bit later. bye-bye.
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cleveland kidnap victims break their silence. >> why the big networks didn't score the interview. >> i'm rob marciano. >> and i'm rocsi diaz in for nancy o'dell. >> i'm getting stronger each day. >> raped, tortured, held captive for almost a decade. >> i may have been through hell and back, but i am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile. >> in tonight's top story, the victims speak out. why did they not go to a big
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network to do it? >> amanda bynes wild court appearance. her latest target, the obamas? >> she's somebody who is an out of control, self-destructive mess. >> randy travis in critical condition tonight after open heart surgery. >> is his alcohol abuse to blame? >> e.t. uncovers star plastic surgery backlash. nicole kidman's forehead. >> did a "hot in cleveland" star trash these celebrities for going under the knife? >> e.t.'s royal baby countdown. >> if kate has a baby girl, she will be queen one day. >> and, drunk in hollywood. falling over half naked. who should have kept the party at home. >> now, "entertainment tonight," the worldwide leader in entertainment news. sorry, networks. the cleveland kidnapping victims break their silence on youtube